A CONSULTATION has been launched to give residents their say on improvements to Tameside's walking and cycling networks.
A free family event will give people a chance to view and discuss the proposals to create more, and safer, routes – as well as showcasing the many opportunities for walking and cycling in the borough.
It takes place at Ashton Market Square on Tuesday (18 February), from 12 to 4pm, and will feature cycle tracks and bikes for all ages and abilities, a guided walk and bike ride and a host of gazebos and stalls full of information on walking and cycling.
The Mayor's Challenge Fund (MCF) has given approval in principle to Tameside Council's request for 11 schemes – including new and extended cycle lanes, new crossings and junction alterations – with an ask of £11 million.
The consultation, running from 10 February until 6 March, seeks residents' views on the plans, which aim to make travelling around Tameside safer, greener and more attractive. Walking and cycling is not only better for health but also reduces congestion and improves air quality.
Other opportunities for the public to discuss the proposals have been organised for:
- Wednesday, 12 February, 5.30-7pm, Jubilee Hall, Dukinfield Town Hall.
- Thursday, 20 February, 2-6pm, Ashton Library, Tameside One.
- Tuesday, 25 February, 1-4pm, Tameside Wellbeing Corner, Ashton Indoor Market.
- Friday, 28 February, 10am-1pm, Rutherford Suite, Hyde Town Hall.
- Tuesday, 3 March, 2-4pm, Stalybridge Civic Hall.
Attractions at Tuesday's family event include:
- British Cycling's 'Ready Set Ride' course and balance bikes.
- Cycling UK promoting bike safety and local cycling groups.
- Active Tameside's range of bikes, circuits and games for all ages and abilities.
- Be Well Tameside will be providing Health and Wellbeing information and NHS health checks.
- Birdy's Bikes and the Tame Valley MTB Association will lead a steady ten-mile social ride along an off-road cycle route to Daisy Nook, setting off at 12.30pm, and will also have a cycle repair stand and mountain bike route information. Book on via: https://www.letsride.co.uk/dashboard/rides/ashton-to-daisy-nook-cycling-event-social-ride/. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
- Tameside Council's Operations and Greenspace team will lead a guided three-mile walk around Ashton, from 12noon, which will take in a wealth of history. Please wear comfy shoes, warm clothing and bring a brolly.
- Tameside Council's Youth Service will provide a 'skills trax' course for all levels of riders.
Tameside Council Executive Leader Councillor Brenda Warrington said: "We want residents to have their say so that we can develop these exciting schemes in line with public feedback. And we not only want to provide the infrastructure but also help people gain the skills to cycle confidently and safely. Tuesday's event will be fun and informative and give residents the chance to get involved, try out activities and find out more about groups and trails."
The MCF supports The Bee Network, which is a proposal for the UK's largest joined up cycling and walking network, to make cycling and walking the natural choice for shorter journeys across the whole of Greater Manchester.
PHOTO: A visualisation of how the A57 Denton to Hyde could look.